Conor P. Williams

Senior Researcher, Education Policy Program

Conor P. Williams is a senior researcher in New America's Education Policy Program. His work addresses policies and practices related to educational equity, dual language learners, immigration, and school choice. Williams founded New America's Dual Language Learners National Work Group in 2014. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Daily Beast,, The Atlantic, U.S. News and World Report, Talking Points Memo, The New York Daily NewsThe 74 Million, and elsewhere. Before joining New America, Williams taught first grade in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Williams holds a PhD and MA in government from Georgetown University, an MS in teaching from Pace University, and a BA in government and Spanish from Bowdoin College. Williams and his wife are public school parents in Washington, D.C.

All Work

Williams: Raising LA High School Graduation Rates by Any Means Necessary Is an Empty Accomplishment

Conor P. Williams wrote for The 74 about the paradox of growing graduation rates via lowering standards in the Los Angeles Unified School Di

Williams: The Closer Charter Fans Are to the Classroom, the Higher Their Trump Anxiety

Conor P. Williams wrote for the 74 on the future of charter schools under new presidential leadership.

Williams: In Praise of New Jersey, Illinois, Louisiana — 3 States Smartly Using ESSA to Help English Learners

Conor Williams wrote a column for the 74 Million on a few examples of promising state policy innovations for serving English Learners.

Williams: Trump’s Ed Budget Masks Cuts as Flatlines and Makes Cuts That Devastate Kids

Conor P. Williams wrote for The 74 Million about how Trump's proposed education cuts could affect America's youth.

Williams: The D.C. Enrollment Scandal Shows How Critical It Is to Guard Against Parent Privilege

Conor P. Williams wrote for The 74 about the enrollment scandal at D.C. public schools.

Can District Officials Restore Faith In The School Lottery?

Conor P. Williams joined the Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss the D.C. school lottery.

Contours of the Field: Native Languages of Dual Language Learners

Dual language learners' native languages are academic assets. How do they support DLLs' growth and success?

D.C.’s mayor played down a school-lottery scandal. Now parents are furious.

Conor P. Williams was quoted in the Washington Post on D.C.'s school-lottery scandal.

Concerning English Learner Policy Trends in States' New School Accountability Systems

How are states using the opportunity to redesign their school accountability systems? So far, it's a mixed bag.

Contours of the Field: Dual Language Learners and Academic Language

How are social and academic language distinct? How does this distinction affect DLLs' development?

What to Know About Charter High Schools

Conor P. Williams was quoted in U.S. News & World Report on the strengths of charter schools.

Contours of the Field: Dual Language Learners and Early Language Development

How do dual language learners acquire English? How do their native languages support that project?